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    November 14, 2012
    5:00 - 5:30pm PST  

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>> it's very scary. it's scary -- it's scary because they're so bold. they're not afraid. >> reporter: mclean lives on lodi avenue in the same area east of 101 that experienced up to 15 different burglaries last month, and often done in the same way. first with a knock on the door. when no one answers -- >> the suspects are gaining access by unsecured windows or unsecured doors. a lot of those times it is in the rear of the house. >> reporter: san mateo police sergeant dave norris says there have been seven more home break-ins in just the last few days, this time closer to the south end of town. >> we're constantly reviewing our burglary numbers and our most recent cases to see if there are any trends and saturate those areas with officers. we're also constantly monitoring other police agencies, because these folks move from town to town. >> reporter: but for mclean, who has moved from this house for 30 years, she says that's not good enough. her house was targeted ten years ago and again in 2010. sandwiched between two burglaries in the last two weeks
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hits too close to home. >> and a year and a half ago, it's all wound up again. it's hard. yeah, are they coming back? >> reporter: mclean says that it's hard, but enough is enough and she is going to start a neighborhood watch immediately. coming up what over cities are doing to battle the surge in burglaries. one department saying it's been very successful. live in san mateo, stephanie trong, nbc bay area news. over in redwood city, police there hope the public will keep an eye out for this puppy. the 11-week-old chocolate lab named gus was stolen from a home yesterday just off el camino real. the burglars also took electronics and jewelry, but the residents are most interested in getting gus back. when he was taken, he was wearing a color with a blue bone id tag with his name on it. as we first reported last night, the man accused of murdering morgan hill teenager sierra lamar now faces three additional charges of attempted kidnapping.
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this is unrelated to the lamar case. antolin garcia-torres allegedly tried to kidnap three different women in march of 2009. the attacks happened at the safeway stores on dunn avenue and tenant avenue in morgan hill. garcia torres allegedly used a stun gun during one of the attacks. today safeway shoppers recall the fear they experienced back in 2009. >> i actually came, like, during the day, but he was actually -- i heard he was doing them during bright light. so it was just a scary feeling. i actually did not bring my kids with me. >> she says at one point she even stopped shopping at that safeway. she is relieved that garcia torres is behind bars, and that he will be tried as an adult, even though he was 17 when those alleged attacks occurred. garcia torres is accused of kidnapping and murdering sierra lamar in march of this year. today her father steve lamar said he views the additional charges as a positive development that will help the prosecution's case. happening now.
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uc students are starting to arrive in san francisco to try and stop the wave of tuition hikes. the regents reveal today more hikes could be coming, despite last week's passage of proposition 30. nbc bay area's jodi hernandez is live in san francisco to explain. jodi? >> reporter: janelle, this is the last thing students thought they would have to do after helping pass proposition 30 last week. yet here they are. students say they will camp out here overnight in front of the uc board of regents meeting to take a stand against tuition hikes. you can see they're setting up their tents as we speak. this after the uc board of regents unveiled their budget framework for next year, a framework that includes the very real possibility of tuition hikes. governor jerry brown made a rare appearance at the meeting today. uc regents told him that they will need more than $276 million from the state to keep tuition from going up next year. the governor says that is a sum
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that is simply unrealistic. the members of the regents finance committee voted to accept the budget framework, but students say they will fight to keep tuition down. they are shocked and they're angry. >> students can't understand now that prop 30 has passed, bringing billions more in funding from taxes on the rich, why are we talking about increasing tuition? we should be talking about rolling tuition back and rolling back cuts. >> and i'm going to try the best i can to keep tuition down. and i'm going to try the best i can to get revenue from the state. but i do that in the context of a lot of other claims that people are making. >> reporter: and we're back here live. you can see students are pitching their tents. again, they will camp out here overnight. i'm told they expect to pitch about 50 tents out here. and they will be outside to picket as the uc board of regents meeting continues tomorrow morning. reporting live in san francisco,
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i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. one of california's highest ranking and highest paid employees is offering to take a pay cut. timothy white is the incoming chancellor of the california state university system. he is in line to collect the same pay as the outgoing chancellor, more than $420,000 a year. but white surprised the csu trustees by sending a letter requesting a 10% pay cut, saying it will send a signal that everyone must play a part in rebuilding public education. now to an nbc bay area follow-up. rain is on the way. and that means the clock is ticking. crews in daly city are working feverishly to clear out that massive mudslide before it gets even worse. nbc bay area's christie smith shows us what is being done, and why neighbors are still concerned. >> reporter: no sleeping in today. the front loader started at day break at hillside park, moving
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the mudslide by emanuel romero's home. >> i think if there is anything about the integrity hill that we needed to be worried about, they would tell us. we're assuming things are safe for now. >> reporter: his car was towed back to his house when it was nearly buried yesterday when a pipe broke, sending 45,000 gallons of water, sand, and mud down the same avenue, and now heavy rain is coming. >> if we're going to be bringing in some hay bales and uncovering where the storm drains have been covered over. >> reporter: he says the engineers say the 12 homes that were evacuate ready safe, but they need geotek cal advice on permanent repairs to the hill. for now it's about diverting rainwater. >> once we get the weather taken care we can sequentially take the mud out of the park itself. right now the remedial aspect is create kind of a buffer area around the park so that the mud stays in place. >> reporter: as the clouds gather, neighbors hope the temporary fix works and the other old pipes hold.
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>> they have to look into that and fix it before any more rain comes. i know it's probably going to be early rainy season coming up soon. >> reporter: the director on-site says they hope to have the temporary work done by tomorrow at the latest. of course, it has to be done before the rain starts. when it does start, they're going to keep checking back to make sure their work holds. christie smith, nbc bay area news. >> christie, thank you. no homes were damaged. and so far the city has received three claims tied to that mudslide. president obama held his first news conference since being reelected this morning. he addressed the growing david petraeus scandal, praising the former cia director for his career, but is reserving judgment on whether he should have been informed earlier. the president also said he is very confident they can gem immigration reform done. and those discussions are already under way. he also said he wouldn't extend the bush tax cuts to people making more than $250,000. but his sharpest response came following criticism of u.n. ambassador susan rice and her
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comments on the attack in benghazi. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> senator lindsey graham of south carolina responded immediately saying he holds the president accountable, and that he failed as commander in chief before, during, and after that attack. the speculation is over. congresswoman nancy pelosi will continue her role as house minority leader. the san francisco congresswoman made the big announcement this morning in washington, as you can see. she shared the stage with other female democratic house members. they all gathered right there behind her there is plenty of talk that the 72-year-old pelosi
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would step down. some washington insiders said she would hinder president obama as he tries to work with republicans. pelosi was first elected to the house of representatives in 1987. pioneer john mcafee is still on the run tonight from police in belize, and now the prime minister is urging him to surrender, calling mcafee, quote, extremely paranoid and bonkers. the 67-year-old is wanted for questioning since sunday when his neighbor was found shot to death. mcafee is in touch with some in the tech world, telling them he is hiding from police for fear he is being framed. he says he is on the move frequently, and has dyed his hair and beard. mcafee says he is being harassed by police and believes before in april they raided his home for guns and drugs, but no charges were ever filed. but last thursday mcafee appeared at a public ceremony where he donated equipment to the police department. next at 5:00, nurses stealing from patients. could it be there are new charges against two south bay nurses. also -- >> my family is bitter.
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we are angry. we're heartbroken. we're devastated. >> a pharmacy at the center of a deadly outbreak goes under the microscope. new details into how medicine covered in mold ended up in the public supply. and he stood up to discrimination. now an east bay boy scout is being honored for his guy rights struggle. and good afternoon. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. temperatures dropping after near record-setting highs. plenty of 60s on the boards right now. and also, opening day at heavenly ski resort. we'll let you know what our next two storms could mean for sierra snow, and of course when the raindrops arrive in the bay area in just a few minutes. [ crickets chirping ]
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two nurses working at the santa clara county jail are facing charges for allegedly stealing drugs. 50-year-old elmer alegado and 54-year-old rodolfo idian were
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taken into custody last week. the sheriff's office says personal belongings and storage lockers were searched, and that the two nurses were in possession of controlled substances outside the scope of their work duties. the drugs were meant for inmates' medical care. an historic deal and a potentially big win today for the san francisco job market. mayor ed lee announced an agreement between the golden state warriors, local unions, and community groups. the deal means the private company building the proposed basketball and performing arts venue on san francisco's waterfront will hire 25% of its workforce from the city of san francisco. now this proposal is still in the works. but if approved, the three-year construction project would create more than 4,000 jobs, about half of them permanent. investigators are trying to find out the cause in an electrical fire at san francisco city hall. firefighters say an electrical panel started smoking, and activated the sprinkler system in the basement last night. this video taken by one of our producers shows some of the water damage inside.
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power was cut to some exterior lights, including the dome on city hall. and hundreds of people were escorted out of the building. fortunately no one was hurt. toyota is recalling nearly three million cars worldwide due to the problems with their steering mechanism. in addition, toyota is also recalling several prius models due to a problem with the car's hybrid water pump. in the united states, 670,000 cars are being recalled. a spokesman said the recalled prius cars were of the model's second generation. a certain corolla models are also affected. all of the cars were made between 2000 and 2011. this is toyota's second multimillion car recall of the year. in health matters tonight, the nationwide deadly meningitis outbreak was hotly discussed in a congressional hearing today. the owner of the specialty pharmacy tied to the contaminated steroids declined to testify repeatedly invoking the fifth amendment. the outbreak killed 32 people and sickened more than 400 across the country.
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republicans on the committee asked why the fda did not intervene when it discovered violations at the new england compounding center back in 2002. one of those who died was a state circuit judge from kentucky. >> this man, who was perfectly healthy one moment, and then just so quickly going down hill. and everything the doctors were doing for him didn't -- was to no avail. >> necc knowingly disregarded sterility tests, prepared medicine in unsanitary conditions, and violated their pharmacy license. >> federal health official asked lawmakers to strengthen standards for nontraditional compounding pharmacies. we use our phones for almost everything now days. so how about to quit smoking? if you smoke, you can get help to quit from text messages sent right to your phone. a new study compared quit rates
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of smokers who were given online and phone call support to those who were sent daily motivational messages and advice through testing. at six months, the texting group was twice as likely to be smoke-free. researchers point out that none of the studies included smartphones, and say there is great potential for new apps which are designed to help people kick the habit. daily meditation may reduce heart attack, stroke and death among african-americans with heart disease. a new study compared patients who attended a health education class with those who practiced twice daily meditation over a five-year period. the study found those who meditated daily were 48% less likely to have a cardiac event or die from any other cause. > let's bring in our chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. i think rain is coming here. and i just saw you earlier saying it's opening day at heavenly? is that right? >> that's right. those ski resorts probably had about 3 to 5 feet of snow in the past month and a half. and they know it's copping our way here in the next two days. so a smart move on behalf of
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heavenly to open on up. right now on the radar we don't have any rainfall as it scans around from the north to the south bay. but that of course quickly changing, especially over the next 48 hours. today it was all about the warm weather. it wasn't hot. it wasn't uncomfortable. but it was about 5 to 10 degrees above our averages. 47 in gilroy. castro valley at 72. nap fa 71 in san jose, also at 70. now let's get you into the current numbers. widespread 60s on the board, even starting to drop into the 60s in novato. let's bring you outside on this wednesday. and i sure hoped you enjoyed it. the past two days have been sunny. a little bit above average, clear skies. not too much in the way of fog. but that's all going to be quickly changing. this active pattern is already shaping up out here offshore. what we're noticing is subtropical moisture moving up from the south. we're not going to get too much from this. it's this storm system. you can already see the counterclockwise rotation wit. it's tapping into a decent
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amount of moisture. and there is also some aggressive energy in the jet stream that could be good enough to even fire off some thunderstorms. and it's not only our storm system we're tracking out here for friday, but another storm system on sunday that will also be lining up. and really, the huge thing about these two storm systems in three days is they'll come really in quick succession. so we can't even rule out the potential here of possibly some flooding concerns, especially in the higher elevations of the north bay, and also for the santa cruz mountains. temperatures are going to start to go down. we'll find some widespread 60s and 70s for the east and the south bay. cooling will gradually start on thursday. then as we head throughout friday, that's when we look for the rain to begin to arrive. so tomorrow morning, we'll have the cloud cover with us. by the evening hours, a few spotty showers, nothing huge. but then as we head into friday morning, this is when that accumulating rain will start from the north bay all the way down to the south bay. and it looks like we're in for a wet one on friday. chances of rain stays all the way through the evening hours as we round out that workweek. and then again, more rainfall
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coming as we head into sunday's forecast. which you'll notice is rainfall totals, it will be widely scattered. but i do think all of the bay area will see anywhere from a quarter to a half inch with again higher totals in the north bay, and also for the santa cruz mountains. so here is what you need to know. that first storm on friday, we could also see winds 15 to 30 miles per hour. and for that second storm on sunday, santa cruz mountains may have overall totals of 1 to 3 inches with isolated flooding concerns. if you're traveling up to the sierra, it doesn't look like a huge snow maker. maybe 3 to 6 inches right now. snow level rather high at 6,000 feet. it looks like it's going a little too warm to get feet of snow, at least over the next three days. tomorrow mid- to upper 60s in the north bay. 62346 livermore, and also 67 in san jose. don't forget that annual holiday food drive. it goes all the way throughout the next couple of weeks. we'll be out there this saturday at your safeway stores. you can pick up the $10 prefilled bags, head to the register, they scan them and you have made your donation. no limit on how many of those
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you want to put in your cart to help out the bay area. we know some 600,000 people need some sort of help as we head throughout the holiday season. so rain returns on friday. a few thunderstorms possible on saturday. and by sunday, a second storm system where we could see overall totals across the bay area surpass 1 inch. so we'll keep an eye on that flooding concern for the higher elevations. but it's kind of par for the course this time of year. >> okay, here it comes. thanks, jeff. still ahead, it's a case that has baffled investigators for decades. now new charges in a 30-year-old kidnapping mystery that made national headlines. plus, he was denied an honor because of his sexuality. now an east bay teenager is getting a special honor.
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the suspect in the 1979 disappearance of a new york city boy has been charged with his kidnapping and murder. a grand jury today indicted 51-year-old pedro hernandez for strangling 6-year-old etan patz.
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investigators say hernandez has confessed, but his attorneys say he is mentally ill, and his confession can't be trusted. etan's disappearance prompted a high profile search and spawned a movement to publicize missing child cases on milk cartons. his body was never found. some tech headlines this evening stemming from menlo park. if you own stock in facebook, you made some money today, even though about 800 million shares of facebook stock went on sale this morning, facebook's stock still went up, gaining more than 12%. investors showing confidence in facebook's future, despite all the new shares hitting the market. an east bay teenager who won national attention when he was denied promotion to eagle scout will be honored by his hometown tonight. ryan anderson was invited to ellen degeneres' afternoon talk show after he was denied the rank of eagle scout because he is guy. his mother launched an online petition, which was signed by more than 400,000 supporters. tonight the moraga city council
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will honor anderson with a proclamation for his final eagle scout project, a tolerance wall he installed at his school. it features tiles with anti-bullying messages. >> we're back in a moment. stay with us.
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let take a look at what is coming up next on nbc bay area. >> jessica aguirre is in the newsroom with the rundown. jessica? >> good afternoon. there are details about at least one e-mail tonight sent by the mistress of david petraeus. andrea mitchell has that breaking story next on "nightly." new at 6:00, startling staffing at san jose pd. the new numbers that show how few police officers are on the streets. we'll hear those stories and also hear from sierra lamar's father after the investigative unit broke more news on more charges being filed against her alleged killer. all that and more coming up at 6:00 when i join raj, which will
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see you then. jeff ranieri now with our final look at the forecast. things are changing in a big way. >> that's right. about 24 hours of some dry weather, and then we're going to get some rain returning here on friday. also, temperatures dropping in the mid-60s. chance of thunderstorms on saturday. and then a second storm arriving as we head throughout sunday where we could pick up anywhere from a half inch to maybe an inch and a half. we'll also have to watch out for some potential flooding concerns in the santa cruz mountains depending on how much of that water stacks up. a lot of rain the next couple days, but it is fall, and it is november. >> we've been warned. thanks for joining us. we'll see you at 6:00. >> good night.
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the scandal that brought down the cia director.

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